Good morning and happy tree Tuesday everyone. Today’s post is of one of the largest live oak tree in the South. It resides in an area that we do a lot of our work. We’ve never been able to capture this huge tree with our medium format cameras, so on one of our scouting expeditions we took along the Nikon N90X. Below is a description of the area taken from the State Park website.
“Bulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida’s east coast. The reigning tree is the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South. For more than 400 years it has been a silent witness to human activities along Bulow Creek, including the destruction of the neighboring Bulow Plantation during the Second Seminole War in 1836.”
I am just over 5 ft (1.58 meters) tall. The Fairchild Oak is approximately 75 feet (22.86 meters) tall. The limb to the left that reaches towards the ground stretches approximately 60 feet (18.29 meters). The diameter of the trunk where I’m standing is approximately 13-15 feet (3.96-4.57 meters). The Fairchild Oak is estimated to be anywhere between 400 and 500 years old. Imagine the stories it could tell.
Not one of our better photographs. We were having problems with the camera that day.
Happy Tree Tuesday everyone. Enjoy.